Cornish Crabber Pilot Cutter

39,000 Tax Paid | Plymouth United Kingdom


  • Make Cornish Crabber
  • Model Pilot Cutter
  • Year 1987
  • LOA 30ft/9m
  • Class Sailing Cruiser
  • Hull Glass Reinforced Plastic
  • Keel Drop Keel/Centre Board
  • Rig Cutter
  • Engine Single Diesel
  • Drive Shaft Drives
  • Layout Aft Cockpit
  • Berths 6
  • Cabins 2
  • Ancasta Ref 38184
  • Name Black Velvet


'Black Velvet' is one of the earlier Cornish Crabber Pilot Cutters, a popular classic, well-maintained by her current and previous owners. She has a really solid feel to her both above and below decks and an improved bright contemporary interior, making her a comfortable and practical offshore cruiser. Previously entered in the Jester Baltimore Challenge.
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CORNISH CRABBER PILOT CUTTER 30 Built 1987 Commissioned May 1987
Designed by Roger Dongray and built by Cornish Crabbers in Rock Cornwall & M.C. Hughes Ltd in Wadebridge
Two previous owners.

Light cream GRP hull with wood deck and superstructure and blue top plank
Copperbot coated
Long keel/centreboard (pin replaced)
Keel hung rudder
Tiller steering
Hull number: 7
SSR: 19733

LOA 11.89m ( 39' 0")
LOD 9.14m ( 30’ 0” )
LWL 7.85m ( 25' 9" )
BEAM 2.89m ( 9' 6" )
DRAFT (plate down) 1.60m ( 5' 3" )
DRAFT (plate up) 1.07m ( 3' 6" )
DISPLACEMENT 6,458kg (6.35 tons)


Wooden spars (spruce) made by Collars - New mast 2002
Stainless steel standing rigging - Replaced 2008
Slab reefing mainsail - three reefs
Harken furling jib 2008
Furling jib, Wykeham Martin style
Retractable bowsprit

Four Barlow single speed genoa/staysail winches
Two Barlow Halyard single speed halyard winches
One Barlow reefing winch

Main with three reefs by SKB 2006
Staysail by SKB 2006 - furling
Foresail by SKB 2006 - furling
Topsail (Jackyard) available


Jabsco heads and handbasin in forepeak
Striped blue upholstery
Saloon seating forms two single berths one on either side - with leecloths
Two large quarter berths either side of the engine box - with leecloths
Galley to port with Flavel vanessa two burner cooker with oven and grill, and stainless steel sink and drying basin
All gas pipework replaced in 2020
Basin and drying basin
Iroko wood interior
Striped blue and beige upholstery
Collapsible saloon table
Chart table with seat each side and storage under
Mikuni cabin heating (needs testing - unused by current owner)
Standing headroom 6'+/1.85m


Perkins/Volvo 2020 18HP DIESEL ENGINE 19 HP (bought newly rebuilt in 2017) Winterised for 2021/2022
Three cylinder, seawater cooled
Cruising speed 6 knots
Max speed 6.5 knots
Shaft drive to two bladed propeller
Last full service June 2020 (10 hrs use since)
Post Winter service Spring 2021
Stern gear replaced 2018

Four 12v batteries
2 x solar panels (for dedicated engine battery)
240V socket in cockpit

One 20 gallon stainless steel fuel tank
Two flexible Plastimo water tanks totalling 40 gallons under quarter berths

Manual cold water system with foot pumps to heads and galley


Raymarine ST 2000+ autopilot
Plastimo compass 2007
Clipper nav instruments
NASA Speed/log 2009
Standard Horizon GPS 2009
NASA echosounder 2009 - repeater in cabin
Standard Horizon VHF radio 2009 (no masthead aerial)
Standard Horizon GPS Chart 300i
Handbearing compass

One 35lb CQR anchor on 25 fathoms of chain
One 20lb Danforth kedge anchor with chain
Lewmar V2/3 electric windlass

Navigation lights
Double wire guardrails
One Jabsco manual bilge pump
One electric bilge pump
Sprayhood (needs replacing)
Cockpit tonneau
Portable shower
4 x fenders & 4 x warps
Clock & Barometer
Two bottle gas locker
3 x fire extinguishers (Date of expiry unknown)
Fire blanket
Two horseshoe lifebuoys
Two safety jackstays length of the deck
Anchor buoy and line
Anchor ball
'Under motor' triangle
Collection of safety harnesses

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